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Rock Bottom Rhapsody Limited Vinyl LP

by Pokey Lafarge

Release Date: 10 April 2020

Format: LP Vinyl

Label: New West Records

£15.99

Pokey Lafarge Rock Bottom Rhapsody Limited Vinyl LP

Overview:

"The man singing these songs isn't exactly the same man who wrote them," says Pokey LaFarge of Rock Bottom Rhapsody, his eighth and latest studio release. "This album is about the story of who I used to be." In early 2018, LaFarge - searching for the sort of artistic freedom and inspiration he wasn't finding in the Midwest - relocated from his longtime home base of St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles, California. New songs came quickly to LaFarge in his new environment, but new temptations soon found him, as well. Though he declines to get into specifics, LaFarge admits that he experienced a significant "fall from grace" during the last months of 2018. "Things sort of started to unravel in my mind," Shortly before the recording of Rock Bottom Rhapsody began, LaFarge experienced a spiritual awakening - and the faith he re-embraced in his hour of darkness helped to buoy him through the making of the album. Though he was struggling for spiritual equilibrium at the time, LaFarge at least had some rock-solid musical support to lean on. Recorded primarily at Reliable Recorders on Chicago's Northwest side, Rock Bottom Rhapsody was produced by LaFarge's friend and collaborator Chris Seefried (who also cowrote several of the album's tracks), and features the considerable talents of guitarist Joel Paterson, keyboardist Scott Ligon, upright/electric bassist Jimmy Sutton, and drummer Alex Hall. Musically, LaFarge continues to mix and match a wide variety of styles and traditions, while never losing track of his own vision "This record is kind of like Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan hanging out with chanson singers and French jazz bands in like the forties, but I was never trying to make it sound like a particular

Featured Tracks:

Rock Bottom Rhapsody
End Of My Rope
Fuck Me Up
Bluebird
Rock Bottom Reprise
Lucky Sometimes
Carry On
Just The Same
Fallen Angel
Storm-A-Comin’
Ain’t Comin’ Home
Lost In The Crowd
Rock Bottom Finale

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